A Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, sheriff revealed Sunday that two teenagers had been arrested in connection with the killings of David and Nicholas Pence. The father and son died at their home last Wednesday night during what is believed to have been a botched robbery.
Dexter Allen, 17, and Haraquon Degruy, 18, were detained by police Friday. According to the New York Daily News, police found the teenagers in a stolen SUV that was traced to the scene of the crime.
Allen is to be charged with two counts of first degree murder, while Degruy has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of murder and one count of vehicle burglary .
Just before midnight Wednesday, Allen entered the Pences’ Metairie home with a 12-gauge shotgun. David, 56, was shot in the neck, chest and leg while sitting in a chair. Nicolas, 25, was shot in the face and head. He was found just a few feet away from his father.
Announcing the arrests, Sheriff Newell Normand made clear that a lot of work still needs to be done.
“Neither one of them have any significant criminal history — one just reached 18, and the other is still 17,” Normand said. “After all the work that’s been done, we still don’t have really the answer to why.”
The apparent randomness of the crime left the Pences’ neighbors feeling uncertain. Metairie is regarded as an upscale neighborhood, and residents told the media that this incident was one of the worst crimes they could remember occurring.
"It's really scary, like something you see on the news actually happens right on your block," neighbor Sam Liljeberg said.
"This is one of the neighborhoods you'd move to, to get away from that," he added. "So where can you move to from here?"